Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Agonizing defeat: U.S. exits World Cup in dramatic loss
The U.S. suffered a heartbreaking loss in the first knockout round of the World Cup on Tuesday, when Belgium edged out the Americans 2-1 in extra-time play. Earlier, U.S. player Chris Wondolowski’s attempt at a goal during the final moments of regulation time just wasn’t enough to lift the team to victory. “I’m gutted to have let down everyone but especially my teammates,” Wondolowski later tweeted. “It’s been an incredible ride but I know this will make me stronger.” With the U.S. ending its run, Belgium moves on to play Argentina for a spot in the semifinals. Read more at NBC SPORTS.
The winner on social media was U.S. goalie Tim Howard, who earned the admiration of soccer fans with his impressive play during Tuesday’s match:
2. Retaliation? Burned body of Arab teen found in Jerusalem
Israeli police said the youth may have been killed as retribution for the slayings of the three Israeli teens who went missing last month. Anti-Arab crowds protested in Jerusalem late Tuesday after the three students were buried in a joint funeral this week. The mayor of Jerusalem condemned the latest death and called on all sides to “exercise restraint.” Read more in NEWS.
3. T-Mobile accused of bilking customers with bogus charges
The phone carrier is the target of a federal lawsuit that says it billed customers for subscriptions to premium text services — such as $10-per-month horoscopes — without their knowledge. The unscrupulous practice is known as cramming. T-Mobile, however, denied it is duping customers, and said the allegations are “unfounded and without merit.” Read more in BUSINESS.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere defended his company on Twitter:
4. Protesters at U.S. border block buses carrying migrants
Migrant families arrived at a U.S.-Mexican border station in Murietta, California on Tuesday, and were greeted by a flock of American flag-toting protesters. They reportedly shouted, “They’re not born here!” and “Go back to Mexico!” The buses were rerouted to a border station in San Ysidro; one has left the station for an unknown destination. Residents and leaders in Murrieta have opposed the transfers of the migrants, saying they are burdens on the local border patrol. Read more in NEWS.
5. Pistorius trial: Olympian suffers from PTSD after shooting
Doctors say Oscar Pistorius is suffering from “major” depression and could be suicidal as he stands trial for the shooting death last year of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. In addition, the track star is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the shooting. Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fatally killed her at their South Africa home. Before the trial resumed this week, the athlete spent a one-month period as an outpatient at a psychiatric hospital for a mental evaluation ordered by a judge. Read more in NEWS.
6. Hurricane watch in effect along Carolina coast
Tropical Storm Arthur is poised to make a mess of the pre-Fourth of July festivities along the East Coast. A hurricane watch was issued along part of North Carolina early Wednesday as the storm gains strength off of Florida. While it could turn into a hurricane Thursday, it’s not expected to batter the coast during the holiday. Read more in NEWS.
7. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has ‘curable’ throat cancer
Dimon, 58, announced that the cancer was “caught quickly” and his condition is curable in a note to employees and shareholders on Tuesday. The CEO is expected to undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at a hospital in New York City. While the prognosis for Dimon’s recovery from throat cancer is good, the board does have short, medium- and long-term succession plans in place, a source told CNBC. Read more in BUSINESS.
… What’s trending today?
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford emerged from rehab to celebrate Canada Day. But he’s not the only who made a statement during Tuesday’s festivities.
A shirtless jogger in the Toronto municipality of East York confronted Ford with an angry tirade. He also became an instant online folk hero.